Jun 222015

Fuji X100T

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It has been a few years since I last bought a camera although I have bought numerous types of camera equipment. I have been satisfied with my ancient D700 and my aging D3s although I’ve always wanted a smaller, rangefinder type of camera to join the family. There just hasn’t been a camera in the last few years that has the whole package, consisting of size, build, price and specs. Until now…I recently bought the Fuji X100T and love this little camera for all those reasons just mentioned.

Here are my not so scientific opinions regarding the images I have shot thus far. Remember these are JPEGs compared with my D3s RAW files. The images from the X100T are a bit soft shooting at 2.0. At 2.8 it starts to get very sharp. The macro feature works well getting close to subjects but don’t shoot macro wide open. Focus is good, especially in good light. Great optical and electronic hybrid viewfinder. Both work well and I can definitely see a need for both. Cool features with manual focus as well with this hybrid viewfinder. Pixel peeping with JPEG resembles film like quality. I’m used to Nikon files that are tack sharp with smooth gradations. Fuji files are slightly muddy although I would never know unless I was zoomed in over 200%. Again this is shooting wide open at ISO’s between 800 to 2500 and again JPEG. Great high ISO and I think (a final verdict after editing a RAW file) I could use 6400. Can’t comment on the colour yet until I shoot a wider range of subjects and settings but come on, it’s a Fuji, you know the colours are going to be great. I just have to try the many film simulations available in camera. No comment yet on the flash but strange that it wouldn’t fire if the camera setting was on silent? Love the easy file transfer via wifi to my iPad and iPhone. Hello Snapseed…Excellent build quality and the buttons are laid out nicely and I’m able to shoot and change settings while keeping my eye in the viewfinder. I did find the camera a tad small and may get the added grip. I wasn’t a fan of the strap so I picked up a nice Gordy’s wrist strap. And for added bling and functionality I picked up a soft touch shutter button and thumb rest from Lensmate. Time to get out and shoot to further test the camera. Plus I’m getting tired of shooting Simone and she’s really tired of me shooting her. I will be going on a trip to the Grand Canyon at the end of July so I should have more to report. Stay tuned.

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May 212015

Canadian Music Week

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My first show of CMW was Stu Larson at the Rivoli. Great stuff with a cool and chilled vibe. People were actually telling other people to shush so that they could get into the soft folky songs of Stu Larson and the best harmonica player ever, Natsuki Kurai. This before the crazy scene at the Horseshoe shooting FIDLAR, where I found myself in a tight wave of people pushing towards the stage in what then became the tightest mosh pit ever. Once the first chord of the first song was struck, I got crushed against the stage by the force of what felt like a thousand people. Almost immediately beer started to be thrown around and I knew I’d leave after the first song. Not worth my camera getting wrecked. Next thing I know a guy flies over the top of me towards the stage smashing my camera with his foot (I think?). Probably the hardest blow my camera has ever taken. Whilst being banged around ferociously, trying to capture some images, someone stepped on my shoe and as I got shoved, it fell off my foot. So no shoe, absolutely squished to the point of being crushed, and beer drenched, I decided I had enough. Now the hard part of trying to get out of the insanely tight mosh pit. No lie, it took at least one song (although it felt like an eternity) to muscle my way out from the front of the stage. My camera took some serious beatings on the way and I finally made it to the sidelines thinking ‘what the fuck?!’. With only one shoe left and no obligation to cover any other bands for the night, it was straight into a cab and home. After cleaning my camera for about an hour and checking to make sure nothing was wrong with it, I checked the images quickly and to no surprise found the majority of my FIDLAR shots out of focus. Surprisingly, considering I was only shooting for half a three minute song, I got the images needed. Oh yeah and the worst part, my iPhone got bent from the force of being crushed as it was in the front pocket of my jeans. Yup, the iPhone 6 Plus does bend.

Anyway, I missed several shows during the week but did cover one of my faves, The Franklin Electric at the Great Hall. Love those guys. Also shot Milk & Bone and K.I.D which were a couple of nice surprises as well and enjoyed their sets. At least I didn’t lose my shoes this time…

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the shows here and here.

My images from the shows can be viewed here.

*Shot on May 2nd and May 8th*

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May 182015

Edwards Gardens

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Soundtrack for today’s stroll included Aero Flynn’s self titled album.

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Apr 192015

Jose Gonzalez at the Phoenix

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Great show from one of my faves at the Phoenix in Toronto. I love his new album and was thrilled to see some of his band mates from Junip play on stage with him. After the first three songs I stayed for the complete set, front centre, taking it all in. Awesome show! Here are a few shots from the night.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*shot on April 13th, 2015*

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Mar 122015

Actor Headshot

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Great couple of hours shooting the beautiful and talented Colette Stevenson at the home studio. Colette needed some new headshots and this is my favourite from the session. Shot using afternoon light from my favourite window, with a bit of fill.

Music for the shoot included Tropics album Rapture.

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Feb 242015

Simone

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Long day in the studio shooting products for a client only to have Simone terrorize the seamless paper. Thankfully I was pretty much done shooting when Simone, who had been watching quietly, decided she couldn’t help herself. I was tethering to my MacBook and had my camera on a tripod so I wasn’t set up to catch her movements but came up with a few funny shots. Maybe one day I’ll actually shoot her in the studio…

Music for today’s shoot included Father John Misty’s new album I Love You, Honeybear.

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Jan 252015

London Grammar at the Sound Academy

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It was great to get out and shoot a concert as I’d had an extended Xmas holidays and then started the new year with some product shots in the studio. I love shooting at the Sound Academy for the great lighting and sound, not to mention a more than adequate pit for us photographers. On this night I covered London Grammar for Quip Magazine and although I’ve heard some of their stuff, Hannah Reid’s voice in a live setting was awesome. I was hoping to stick around for the rest of the show after the obligatory first three songs but didn’t want to leave my gear at the check in area at the front doors. Apparently that’s the rules for shooting at this venue. Media are not allowed to carry their cameras in the venue if they want to stay and watch the show, regardless of the fact that they’re put away in their bags. Shitty, but at least I witnessed the first three songs. Here are some of my favs from the evening.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*Shot on January 21, 2015*

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Jan 252015

Until The Ribbon Breaks at the Sound Academy

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Covered Until The Ribbon Breaks for Quip Magazine at the Sound Academy. Great band that opened for London Grammar and here are some of my favs from the evening.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*Shot on January 21, 2015*

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Jan 012015

Fugitive Moments 6

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Tons of great albums in 2014 and this year Simone and I had a hard time selecting the top ten. After days of bickering (bad idea to give her an iPod for Christmas) and playing our favourites over and over again we finally decided on these albums.

1. Chet Faker Built on Glass

2. Fink Hard Believer

3. Sharon Van Etten Are We There

4. Alt-J This Is All Yours

5. Ben Howard I Forgot Where We Were

6. Damien Rice My Favourite Faded Fantasy

7. Owls Of The Swamp Atlas

8. War On Drugs Lost In The Dream

9. Antlers Familiars

10. Lana Del Rey Ultraviolence

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Dec 172014

Fugitive Moments 5

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Nov 232014

A Grey Day In November

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It warmed up to a balmy 8 degrees celsius today and that gave me just enough motivation to get out of the house with my camera. I visited Edwards Gardens, my usual place to relax and lose myself for a couple of hours and left with these photographs.

Soundtrack for the day included Damien Rice’s stellar new album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

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Nov 072014

Cocktail Crawl Fashion Show at The Spoke Club

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Covered Cocktail Crawl’s Fashion Show at the Spoke Club. The runway show included designers Narces, Atelier Guarin, Stephan Caras, Love Winter and L’Momo. Great designs especially by my fav from World MasterCard Fashion Week, Stephan Caras. The venue is a great place to host a runway show but man, this one definitely needed some extra lighting. ISO 6400 and it was still too dark. Anyway I managed to find a spot on the runway that had just enough light and also managed to avoid the barrage of flashes from the photographers and the patrons’ cameras. I was the only one shooting with no flash.

Thanks to Natasha and her team at Cocktail Crawl Social Club.

My images from the runway shows can be viewed here.

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Nov 062014

The Glitch Mob at The Danforth Music Hall

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Covered the Glitch Mob at the Danforth Music Hall for Quip Magazine. I hadn’t heard much about these guys but I did hear some peeps that they put on a great concert with an amazing light show. And that they did, at the always awesome Danforth Music Hall, as the three piece electronic genre bending band rocked the house with some serious energy. Great show except for the fact that I forgot my ear plugs and absolutely destroyed my ears while shooting the first three songs.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for the review of the show here.

All of my images can be viewed here.

*shot on October 24 2014*

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Oct 092014

Startup Fashion Week at HangLoose Media Studios

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Startup Fashion Week is a new event in Toronto to provide startups in fashion design, fashion-tech and wearable-tech the appropriate skills, exposure, resource and valuable network opportunities. The three day event consists of conferences, workshops and of course runway showcases. I covered the runway showcase portion at HangLoose Media Studios with fantastic designs from Atelier Guarin, Klatt by Alanna Klatt, The Wild North, Maybe by Catalfo and Vanika. Overall it was a great event and I look forward to next year.

Thank you to the team at Startup Fashion Week and a special thanks to Jodi Goodfellow.

For more info about Startup Fashion Week visit their website at www.startupfashionweek.com.

Images from Atelier Guarin’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Klatt’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from The Wild North’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Maybe by Catalfo’s runway show can be viewed here.

Images from Vanika’s runway show can be viewed here.

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Oct 052014

Fink at the Mod Club

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Covered Fink at the Mod Club for Quip Magazine. I have all of his albums and have played them hundreds of times so I was super anxious to see him live. What a great show! There is fantastic lighting at the Mod Club but Fink had their set lit up with basically 100 lamps around the back and sides of the stage. Cool, I guess, to view and help with the mood of the music but so so for photos. The first photo is Douglas Dare who opened for Fink. Never heard of him before but totally dug his set. BTW, I’ve never had anyone say this to me while photographing but two different people said that my shutter was too loud and asked if I could stop shooting. Yup, a big F U to those peeps as I continued to shoot the obligatory first three songs.

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for a review of the show here.

All of my photos from the show can be viewed here.

*shot on September 30, 2014*

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Oct 012014

Raise The Rhythm 2014 presents Utopia at the Danforth Music Hall

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Raise The Rhythm held their annual show at the Danforth Music Hall. The usual mix of fashion, dance and music this year was to help raise funds and awareness for the Panov Program – Precision Chemotherapy for Sarcoma Cancer Research at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. The show producers Dani Kagan, Jessica Domingo and Victoria Marshman always put on a fantastic show and this year they did not disappoint. Great venue (I shot a concert here not too long ago), I loved the theatre set up and lighting.

For more info on Raise The Rhythm visit their website at www.raisetherhythm.com.

All of my photos from the show with lists of performers and designers can be viewed here.

Special thanks to Dani, Jessica and Victoria.

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Sep 252014

Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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One of the things to cross off in my bucket list of places to go was the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton NS. I have driven the Pacific Coast Highway in California (twice) and just love the spectacular views and overall driving adventure and I was curious to experience the Cabot Trail. I found some extra time and money since I wrote off my annual New York trip for several reasons and decided to spend four days in Cape Breton instead. I wasn’t sure what to pack gear wise as I wanted to travel light but I also wanted to make sure I had enough gear to cover whatever I would come across on my adventure. My initial thought was to bring two camera bodies, 70-200, 60 micro, 24-70, 35F2, 24 2.8, tripod, MacBook and after several hours I decided on one camera body, 24-70, tripod and my iPad. I also packed a minimal amount of clothes and felt good that I was able to travel so light. I usually pack way too much stuff. Temperature for the four days in Nova Scotia was in the mid teens with sun and some nice clouds which added some depth to my photos. The views from the Cabot Trail were absolutely stunning and I managed to stop at almost all the scenic spots to take it all in. There weren’t that many tourist at this time of year so it was great to not only take my time shooting but also to shoot efficiently. I did go off the Trail several times to experience some of the little towns and for photo ops. I also made it to Meat Cove which is the most eastern tip of Nova Scotia. I did notice as I was taking several iPhone photos at Meat Cove that I had no reception. I checked my other phone which has a different cell provider and it also had no reception. I must have been off the grid for several hours which made my slightly anxious. Crazy but I guess you don’t realize how much you depend on your phone especially for safety reasons. Anyway, I continued driving for three full days along the Cabot Trail staying at different inns and lodges in Beddeck, Ingonish and Cheticamp. It was great to experience these different towns and absorb a bit of the culture. I also enjoyed some fantastic seafood. On the last day of my trip I decided to make a visit to Peggy’s Cove. A little far from the Cabot Trail but somewhat on the way back to Halifax airport. Last time I went the weather was very foggy and overcast which made for some great photos. But with the weather being sun and cloud this time around I thought it would be nice to have a separate feel for Peggy’s Cove. Also, last time I was there it was at 6am when no one was around. I knew this time there would be many tourists ruining my images. But to my surprise parts of Peggy’s Cove were fairly tourist free which made for some great shots. After a few hours my feet had just about enough and I also needed to make it to Halifax airport with enough time to fill up and return the rental so I bade farewell not only to Peggy’s Cove but to the beautiful and peaceful Cabot Trail in Cape Breton.

All of images from this trip can be viewed here.  Also included in this gallery are images from my first visit last year to Peggy’s Cove.

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Sep 172014

Chet Faker at the Danforth Music Hall

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One of the best shows so far this year was Chet Faker at the Danforth Music Hall. I was fortunate enough to cover the show for Quip Magazine and after listening to his album several hundred times over the last few months I was stoked to not only shoot the show but stay to enjoy the concert as well. Amazing that he was all on his own on stage (I was hoping for a live drummer at least) as he kept the crowd absolutely entertained and captivated for his set. What a great show!

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for a review of the show here.

Images from Chet Faker’s show can be viewed here.

*shot on September 13, 2014*

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Sep 162014

Riot Fest at Downsview Park Day 2

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A few of my faves were playing today and this made me forget about the crusty, muddied shoes I was wearing. Seeing Death Cab For Cutie and The National back to back is my highlight thus far this summer. I love these guys and their shows were awesome. Craziest show was Die Antwoord. Not only was the show frenetic but that electricity travelled through the photographers and the crowd. I found myself being crushed in the pit and lots of people had cameras up in the air at arms lengths in order to capture the action. As much as I hate to do this, I ended up shooting a few frames in the same way since I had no choice. And this show was LOUD! The three song limit seem to go by in about a minute and I left the pit wondering wtf just happened and if I got any decent shots. Cameras got banged around a fair bit and besides losing my lens cap (found buried in mud) all was fine. Wow, crazy!

Thanks to Quip Magazine.

Visit Quip Magazine for  a review of the festival here.

Images from Bob Mould can be viewed here.

Images from Tokyo Police Club can be viewed here.

Images from Die Antwoord can be viewed here.

Images from Stars can be viewed here.

Images from Death Cab For Cutie can be viewed here.

Images from The National can be viewed here.

Images from Metric can be viewed here.

Images from City And Colour can be viewed here.

*shot on September 7, 2013*

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